Volunteers needed to help count county’s homeless

Volunteers are needed to assist the Anoka County Continuum of Care with the annual countywide point-in-time count of homeless people living in Anoka County.

The count is required to receive funding for homeless programs and follows state and federal definitions of homelessness.

Volunteers will tally the number of men, women and children living in shelters, on the street and other places not meant for human habitation as well as people living in substandard housing or living with family or friends.

The count will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 at various locations throughout the county, including homeless shelters, city streets and other known homeless encampments.

“This count will help us document the nature and extent of homelessness in our community,” said Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, who chairs the county’s Human Services Committee.

“We will use the information we gather to build awareness, measure the progress we’ve made, and determine the level of federal and state funding available for local efforts to fight homelessness.”

Last year more than 1,400 people were without a permanent place to call home in Anoka County.

The Continuum of Care is a network of organizations, community residents and businesses working together to end homelessness in Anoka County.

For more information about the homeless count or to volunteer, contact Kristina Hayes at 763-323-5707 or Kristina.hayes@co.anoka.mn.us.

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